As they always do Blackmagic Design has announced a whole bunch of new products at NAB. Over 16 new models to be exact. I’ll touch on a few here.
FROM BLACKMAGIC: URSA Studio Viewfinder: The Blackmagic Studio Viewfinder completely transforms the URSA into a professional studio camera. It looks amazing and it simply plugs into where the normal viewfinder would connect on the front of the camera. The ergonomics of the viewfinder were designed for maximum comfort which is vital when working on shoots where the camera team can be standing for hours at a time. When we designed this viewfinder the number 1 feature we worked on was to make the best articulated mounting we had seen on any viewfinder at any cost. These joints have an amazing range of tension adjustment so you can set them to the perfect resistance you need. So what this means is you can pan and tilt the viewfinder to the position you need, which is vital when the camera is high up and you need to tilt it down. There are knobs for controlling brightness and contrast and also a knob for focus peaking so you can set the level you need. There’s a menu dial for navigating viewfinder settings, plus 3 assignable function buttons. There is a sun shield included and a tally indicator under the sun shield as well as above the sun shield for the camera operator.
FROM BLACKMAGIC: Video Assist 4K: This new model Video Assist 4K lets you add a bright 7 inch monitor and broadcast quality recorder to any SDI or HDMI camera. By adding a Video Assist to a DLSR camera you can get a nice large screen that ensures you get perfect focus every time. Video Assist has built in focus aids such as focus peaking and focus zoom. You can also use the histogram to help set exposure. Because Video Assist has built in recorders, you can bypass the low quality video files or even tape based recorders in many cameras. The Video Assist uses high quality ProRes and DNx recording, so you get great quality and full compatibility with all editing software. You also get much longer recording times because Video Assist 4K features 2 SD card slots, so you can change cards while recording.
FROM BLACKMAGIC: URSA Mini Full Operating System User Interface 2: Next we are going to be demonstrating a whole new user interface for our URSA Mini cameras. The most visible part of the new URSA Mini operating system is the user interface of the camera and it’s now much faster to use and has also been totally redesigned. Now touching any setting on the LCD lets you directly adjust that setting without going into menus. A good example is lens control. Now you can just select iris and step though the F stops, or just slide the iris open and closed with your finger on the LCD. If you want to adjust audio level then just touch the audio meters and now you can change levels and if you rotate the audio knob, the adjustments are also displayed automatically. This new operating system adds a lot of intelligence to the camera as well. A good example of this is shutter angles. Setting shutter angles to eliminate flicker from lighting can be tricky, but now settings are recommended to eliminate flicker from lighting. You can still set any angle you want, but there are also recommendations that calculated for you. It recommends angles when you over or under crank the frame rates.
All of these great new things from Blackmagic Design are coming soon!
What is hotter then a flame? An INFERNO! Hot on the heels of Atomos shipping the new Flame series recorders they have now announced a new top-of-the-line Inferno. The Inferno appears to be similar to the Shogun Flame in most ways but the Inferno is capable of recording 4K up to 60p, HD up to 240p, and it will allow for for RAW input, and features quad SDI connectors.
As seen in the new Atomos Shogun Flame and Atomos Ninja Flame HDR is now a killer feature when shooting in flat or log profiles Atomos have introduced the AtomHDR image processing to capture with the high brightness range of your camera’s Log profile while maintaining vibrant true-to-life colors. The 10-bit monitor expands the colour range to over 1 billion colours, giving a near true reproduction, and the 1500nit brightness allows for easy monitoring of wide dynamic range scenes or in bright sunlight conditions. The Shogun Inferno will be $1,995.
Today Atomos has announced the new “Flame” -series of monitor/recorders. The Flame series sets itself apart featuring 1500 nits, 10 stops of dynamic range, and 10-bit color. From Atomos: “The Atomos Flame Series delivers the world’s most advanced 7” field monitor, delivering the luminance detail of Log with HDR Post Production color accuracy for the first time in a field monitor. The AtomHDR engine not only resolves HDR brightness detail, with 10-bit monitor processing it also resolves 64 times more color information than traditional 8-bit panels. For Rec709 standard dynamic range scenes the 1500nits brightness aids with outdoor shooting as does the upgraded power management system that will keep you shooting longer in the field. Of course you also get the professional 4K/HD ProRes/DNxHR Recording, Playback and Editing that has made Atomos famous.”
These appear to be essentially new versions of the existing Shogun and Assassin monitor/recorders but with new hi-brite displays. Atomos has a unit called the Shogun Flame which is selling for $1,695. They also have a model called the Ninja Flame (should it be the Ninja Assassin Flame? Is that too much?) selling for $1,295.
I have great news. We’ve received our first batch of Atomos Shogun 7” monitor and 4K video recorders. This has been a very hotly anticipated product. It offers 4K recording via HDMI and 1080p recording up to 120 frames per second. It is a naturally perfect match for the Sony A7s as well as the Panasonic GH4.
My first wave of pre-order customers already have theirs in there hands. I have a few more pre-orders to fill and then I’ll have them on the shelf ready for sale or rental. Post by Eric C. Petrie
At NAB 2014 Zacuto first showed they’re new electronic viewfinder called the Gratical. The grammatical, simply put, is a high-end production caliber monitor in an EVF format. it has every feature you could possibly expect from a high end field monitor, scopes, LUTS, camera date, focus assist, exposure assist, the list literally goes on and on. Oh, and its a native 1280×1024 OLED so the image quality is insane.
The Gratical HD is scheduled to start shipping in January for $3,800. Right now I’m offering a pre-order discount of $200, getting the unit price down to $3,600. Thats still a lot for a viewfinder but with the range of options this finder has it will be able to attach to any camera on the market today and most likely any camera thats going to be coming on the market for years to come. Post by Eric C. Petrie
The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q is the industries leading portable field recorder solution. We highly recommend it paired with the Canon C500, Sony FS700, and Sony FS7. We’re so darn excited about getting the Odyssey 7Q in the hands of as many customers as possible we’re slashing the price. Normally the Odyssey 7Q is a great price at $2,299. Right now we’re offering it for $1,799. Put the power of ProRes 1080p, ProRes 4K, RAW 4K, 240fps capture in your hands. Oh, by the way, have i mentioned that its one of the best field monitors on the market? We have it on the shelf ready for your to evaluate it. We’re also running a promotion where you can get a Sony FS700 for $5,999, you get a free EF-mount Canon lens adapter and Odyssey for $1,799. Your total would be $7,798, plus the FREE Canon EF lens adapter.
Earlier this year Convergent Design added the hotly requested ability to record 1080p in ProRes to their extremely popular Odyssey 7Q recorder. Previously it did RAW in 4K, 2K, or 1080p. But for people wanting 4K resolution full RAW was still the only option, resulting in massive file sizes. Now C.D. has officially announced they will be adding 4K ProRes capture to the Odyssey 7Q. This will provide a huge boost in flexibility to the Odyssey workflow. You’ll have the ability to have ready-to-edit 4K clips come strait off of the recorder and into your NLE.
The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q has quickly become the go-to industry standard for portable high quality field recorder. We love to pair it with the Canon EOS C500 or the Sony FS700. Soon it will make a great companion for the forthcoming Sony FS7. Because its so light weight and double functions as a high quality LCD monitor it is very unobtrusive on the cameras footprint.
Beginning with the DSLR filmmaking revolution of 2008 it was clear that one monitor brand truly “got it”. They understood what independent filmmakers were looking for in a screen. Since that time SmallHD has become the leader for compact field production monitors at nearly every production level. Their line of screens starts at only a few hundred dollars and delivers quality unheard of only a few years ago. SmallHD also offers screens that sell for several thousand dollars and are leading the industry in key features like daylight visibility, on-screen scopes, and built in Look Up Tables (or LUTs).
Professional Video is excited to announce that the Northwest production community finally has a local source for these excellent screens. We are now a full line SmallHD dealer. We have in-stock today both the AC7 and DP7 screens, including accessories like battery plates and sun hoods. To kick off our partnership with SmallHD we’re offering a special promo with the purchase of a SmallHD screen. Give us a call at 503-598-9142 or send us an email at email@example.com to get all the promo details. Has a new field monitor been on your production wish list? Come on down to our shop, check out one of these awesome LCDs in person and demo them before you buy.